Practice Update/Orton Set To Start – 12/16

From the Truman Sports Complex

Kyle Orton will start at quarterback for the Chiefs this coming Sunday when they face the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.

That was the word from head coach Romeo Crennel after Friday’s practice where Orton threw the ball well and had no problems taking snaps from center with that dislocated right index finger.

“Kyle did a nice job and it looks like he’s throwing better and so we are going to start him in the game – he’s going to be the quarterback,” Crennel said. “The ball has not been on the ground at all this week, so that’s a good sign there have been no fumbles with him (because of the finger injury.)”

Crennel said the team was not as sharp Friday as they were during practice the previous two days.

“They were pressing a little bit,” Crennel said. “I talked to those guys about fixing problems and moving on to the next play. There’s always another play that you have to get ready to go with.

“Towards the end of practice, they were sharper and looked better. I think they’ll be OK and ready to go.”

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir will move back into the coaching booth starting with Sunday’s game. A month ago, after Matt Cassel was injured and gone for the season, Muir moved down to the field and has been there the last four weeks.

“Bill is going to call the game and he can see more things upstairs,” Crennel said. “When you are on the sidelines, you get a pulse of the team, you can find out how they are feeling and how they are reacting, because you can look into a guy’s eye. But it gives you a limited view of the game. Bill wants a better view.”

Muir will call the plays down to QB coach Jim Zorn, and he will relay them to Orton through the QB-sideline system.

The changes Crennel has brought to the Chiefs this week continued Friday as practice was held outside at the team’s facility, and not inside Arrowhead Stadium. In the last two seasons under Todd Haley the last practice of the preparation week always went down inside Arrowhead before home games. It was the old “prepare for the test in the place you will be taking the test” approach.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked very well for the Chiefs this year; they are an ugly 2-4 at home, beating Minnesota and San Diego, but losing to Buffalo, Miami, Denver and Pittsburgh.

On this sunny and fairly windless Friday morning, everyone but SS Jon McGraw took part in the practice. McGraw will not play on Sunday against Green Bay because of his high left ankle sprain. He was running during practice, but it was with a limp and no power off his cuts. Crennel did not rule him out, but said he would be doubtful.

CB Javier Arenas and WR Jonathan Baldwin were back on the practice field after missing Thursday’s work because of illness. Both are listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

People have discussed just how much the Packers might take their foot off the gas even with the perfect record because the playoffs are down the road. Mike McCarthy said they are approaching everything as they normally have, but come Sunday they will have four players out of action, two of those are a bit of a surprise. Here’s the Packers injury report:

  • OUT: LB Desmond Bishop (calf), OT Chad Clifton (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (knee), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion).
  • QUESTIONABLE: RB Brandon Saine (concussion), G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (knee).
  • PROBABLE: LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So’oto (back).


9 Responses to “Practice Update/Orton Set To Start – 12/16”

  • December 16, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    The beginning of a new era in KC… again…

  • December 16, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I have really enjoyed watching Romeo’s pressers this week. He looks, acts, and talks like a Head Coach. I hope he learned from his experience at Cleveland like Belichick did.
    Thank goodness I will be watching an NFL Qb this Sunday at Arrowhead for the first time since Cassel’s injury.

  • December 16, 2011  - txchief says:

    I’m sure that many other posters here will call me a Cassel hater, but I never thought Matt Cassel was an adequate NFL starter. This may be the first Chiefs game with a “somewhat legitimate” NFL started since Trent Green suited up at Arrowhead.

  • December 16, 2011  - txchief says:


  • December 16, 2011  - Josh says:

    @cychief24 – For the first time since Montana retired.

  • December 16, 2011  - ED J says:

    I think cychief meant in terms of the level of QB play. Palko was embarrassment made me wish I would’ve played Qb and try to play in NFL in H.S.. Anyways I feel where he’s coming from to finally getting a real Qb in the game. Seriously looking forward to game Sunday.

  • December 16, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    ED J I certainly understand your frustions with Tyler. Me to. I’d wish he had done better. It’s like the Rocky movies, only with a differnt ending. Gym rat, good guy, hard worker, close to the top (hear “the eye of a tiger”?) But, unlike Rocky, he didn’t win. I’m not embarassed just sorry for him and hope he remembers his time in the NFL foundly. Too bad we didn’t give him a better O-Line.

  • December 17, 2011  - el cid says:

    Hope everyone noticed John last sentence. So many want that elite QB but if management does not get help for the OL, you end up with a beatup QB, formerly known as an elite Qb.

    That is where we will see improvement by the Chiefs. Three years of building thru the draft, NE plan/Chiefs will, current management efforts and the team is short on many levels. We need an elite Qb but do not forget the rest of the team.

  • December 17, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I think most fans that hate Cassel also hated Green.
    Both Cassel and Orton have proved they are winning playoff QBs when they have some semblance of an O-line.
    I think Romeo being a former D-line coach will insist on the O-line being address first and foremost on this team. Especially with the emergence of Houston as a pass rusher.

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